Anyone who has ever thought of opening an indoor shooting range/retail business should take advantage of the Indoor Range and Retail Development Workshop being presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation June 18-21 in St. Louis, Mo. NSSF, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, has many firearms retailers among its more than 7,000 members.
The workshop will feature professionals with years of experience in the retail, manufacturing and distributing segments of industry who will lead discussions on a variety of topics and help answer questions such as Where do I get started? To whom should I talk? How much does it cost? What rules and regulations do I need to follow?
Topics that will be covered include choosing a location, community relations, zoning, permitting, bank relations, general contracting, environmental planning, staffing, policies and procedures, and marketing, among others.
Experts will explore models of success using three indoor range/retail stores as examples, with owners and staff explaining their facilities and answering questions related to their business models, successes and learning experiences.
Networking opportunities and roundtable discussions with presenters are other key benefits of this workshop.
Early-bird registration by April 15 is $350 for NSSF members and $450 for nonmembers, with a fee of $300 for additional NSSF member-company attendees. After the early-bird date, all registration fees increase by $50.
For full details on registration, speakers, workshop agenda and lodging, visit the website www.nssf.org/ranges/workshop.